Government has given the go-ahead for local restaurants to open for sit-in patrons who produce vaccination certificates, coupled with strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols.
This follows a significant decrease in the number of Covid-19 cases now being recorded in the country.
“The nation is further informed that restaurants will be allowed to re-open for sit-in patrons who are fully vaccinated subject to the production of vaccination cards and strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols,” Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said at a post-cabinet media briefing in Harare Wednesday.
“Cabinet further urges the nation to continue adhering to WHO protocols and National Guidelines in order to totally contain the third wave and thwart the possibility of a fourth one, as the pandemic is still with us.”
Government early this year imposed tough lockdown measures following a surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths.
Restaurants were among some of the businesses that were affected with sit-ins banned as part of the measures.
In her address Wednesday, Mutsvangwa said as at 24 August, 2021, the country’s cumulative Covid-19 cases stood at 123 320, with 108 660 recoveries and 4 320 deaths.
Government is keen on the country attaining the much-desired herd immunity of 10 million vaccinated citizens by the end of the year.
To achieve the target, government and some quasi-government institutions have placed compulsory vaccination as a condition for employees to keep their jobs and continue earning Covid-19 allowances.
The move has been condemned by workers’ groups and some private organisations opposed to the aggressive measures.
Citizens continue to throng vaccination centres to receive the mandatory two jabs.